Voices of Hope, health department partner on garden

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Voices of Hope, a local Recovery Community Organization, and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department have partnered on a therapeutic garden for clients.

Both organizations recognize the holistic nature of recovery from substance use disorder, including the importance of physical and mental health and social connection.

According to Voices of Hope Program Director Amanda Fallin-Bennett, explained, “At Voices of Hope, we know that recovery doesn’t begin or end with abstinence from drugs or alcohol. Recovery happens when someone begins working toward improving their health and wellness. Participants in the Harm Reduction Program are already making the brave choice to prioritize their health. We look forward to this project to provide access to healthy foods and to gardening together.”

“I was able to come out here and learn a whole lot of new things. Work as a team putting in the garden with different volunteers, and I think it’s gonna be a great way for people to interact and just have that unification in recovery,” added Amber Ramsay with Voices of Hope.

Voices of Hope co-founder Alex Elswick said, “When I was using drugs, I reached a point where I was homeless and essentially cut off from social support and connection. Initiatives like this are important to break down the isolation that can happen in active addiction.”

John Moses, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, said, “Our Harm Reduction participants live in an area of multiple food deserts. This garden will provide improved access to food, improved nutrition, increased physical activity and improved mental health. The garden will also promote social health and community cohesion.”

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